PHILADELPHIA– This past weekend athletes from across the country competed in the Penn Relays. Almost every one representing UMES came away with top five honors.
The relay teams had the best result for all the Hawks; three seniors are credited with being instrumental in UMES’ relay success. Javon Spencer, Ramone Waite, and Aaron Chatmon ran in two 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relay races. The unit finished first in the 4x100 and finished second in the IC4A race.
In the 4x200 relay, they earned first place in Heat #6, freshman Michael Johnson stepped up and finished the final leg of that race, which they placed third.
In the 4x400 the Hawks earned their third overall win of the weekend with a time of 3:11.82, in the IC4A race they improved their time with a 3:09.43 but finished third.
The Lady Hawks were also impressive in relay action. The team of Rachel Halmon, Gayon Evans, Jheniel Kelly, and Annis Mars finished second in the 4x400 with a time of 3:47.41. Halmon, Mars, and Kelly, along with Shantol Hemley finished fifth in the 4x800 race with a time of 8:58.27, they also finished eighth in the 4x400.
Orwell Maylor and Kerr finished third and fourth in the 400 meter hurdles. Evans qualified in the 100 meter dash with a second place time of 11.91 seconds, and then finished fifth in the finals.
The Penn Relays concludes the regular season and sets them up for the postseason. That begins this weekend with the MEAC Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, before heading to Princeton, New Jersey in mid-April for the IC4A/ECAC Championships.